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    Airbus embarks on A321XLR flight-test campaign with maiden sortie


    Airbus has commenced the flight-test campaign for its long-range A321XLR variant after the initial prototype lifted off from Hamburg Finkenwerder. The aircraft, powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines, took off at about 11:05 on 15 June. It is carrying a crew of five, comprising two experimental test pilots and three ...

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    Paris airports operator enters joint venture to offer hydrogen transformation services


    Paris airports operator Groupe ADP is to tie up with energy technology firm Air Liquide in a joint venture to support development of hydrogen infrastructure for air transport. The venture – which will be equally-owned by both companies – will provide airports in France and elsewhere with the engineering and ...

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    Swiss operations resume after crippling air traffic control failure


    Operations within Switzerland have started to resume after the airspace was forced to close, following a technical problem which affected the country’s air navigation service provider Skyguide. Skyguide had stated that it suffered a “technical malfunction” during the early hours of 15 June and the airspace was closed for safety ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: June 2022 update


    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

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    Airbridge punctured E190 after tractor incident prompted re-attachment


    Operators of an airbridge punctured the fuselage of an Embraer 190 at Copenhagen, ironically after re-attaching it to allow the crew to check there had been no damage from a pushback tractor encounter. The aircraft, operated by Finnair’s Nordic Regional Airlines, had arrived on stand A11 on 7 February this ...

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    Chipmunk badly damaged in Danish formation-flight collision


    Investigators have disclosed that the pilots of two De Havilland Chipmunks escaped injury after the aircraft – part of a formation flight – collided over Denmark. The Chipmunks were among four aircraft taking part in a formation training flight, in daylight and visual weather conditions, on 14 May. They had ...

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    Air France-KLM secures €2.25bn as rights issue oversubscribed


    Air France-KLM Group has described its rights issue as successful, after it was oversubscribed by 16%. The company has generated €2.256 billion ($2.35 billion) in final gross proceeds – of which around €1.61 billion is in cash – as a result of the capital increase. These proceeds will be “mostly ...

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    Wizz Air safety row with unions re-ignites after Varadi ‘fatigue’ remarks


    Budget carrier Wizz Air is insisting that is not jeopardising safety, in response to a video recording of chief executive Jozsef Varadi apparently urging personnel to reduce disruption arising from calling in fatigued. While the European Cockpit Association, which has obtained the video recording, is claiming that Varadi was effectively ...

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    Danish government could raise stake in SAS as it backs transformation plan


    Denmark’s government has agreed to support Scandinavian carrier SAS through a debt-to-equity conversion, but has also signalled it will invest new capital into the struggling airline and potentially raise its shareholding. The Danish finance ministry says the government will support the ‘SAS Forward’ restructuring programme for the carrier, following a ...

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    Airbus set to fly A321XLR in mid-June


    Airbus is aiming to conduct the first flight of its long-range A321XLR from its Hamburg Finkenwerder plant on 15 June. The aircraft, which has been undergoing pre-flight simulation and ground checks, was rolled out in its test-flight livery last month. Airbus has scheduled a first flight event for 15 June, ...

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    Stabilising Swiss opts to terminate state-backed loan early


    Swiss has ended a government-guaranteed bank loan three years early, having only ever used half of the proceeds available to the Lufthansa Group carrier. The airline says the pandemic situation – which triggered the need to prop up liquidity – is “now more stable” and that “positive trends” have emerged ...

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    A320 thrust rollback on serviceability flight traced to overspeed-protection valve


    UK investigators believe a thrust rollback on an Airbus A320, after which the affected engine would not respond to control inputs, resulted from inadvertent activation of a fuel-control protection valve. But the inquiry says the issue – which has occurred previously on some International Aero Engines V2500 powerplants – has ...

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    HAECO, Diehl partner for narrowbody cabin upgrades


    HAECO’s cabin solutions unit has teamed up with Diehl Aviation on three cabin product upgrades for narrowbody aircraft. 

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    Airline Business Podcast: Disruption blame game and sustainability action plans


    Graham and Lewis consider the blame game that is emerging as airlines and the wider air travel sector grapple with operational challenges.

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    Norse Atlantic to open US services from German capital


    Transatlantic start-up Norse Atlantic Airways is opening services from the German capital Berlin, operating initially to two US gateways. Norse Atlantic will serve New York JFK daily from 17 August. It will expand the fledgling German network with a service to Los Angeles from 19 August, operating three-times weekly. Norse ...

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    Turkish A350 agreement becomes highlight of Airbus activity in May


    Turkish Airlines provided the highlight for Airbus orders during May, following through on its indication that it would take additional A350s. The airframer has recorded an order for four A350-900s from the carrier, in a month of relatively little activity. Turkish Airlines had signalled in May that it would commit ...

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    ITA’s latest A350 flags carrier’s sustainability ambitions


    Italian carrier ITA Airways will take its operational fleet of Airbus A350-900s to four – half of the eight planned – in June, through the introduction of a twinjet with a minimalist livery intended to highlight sustainability. The aircraft is largely white, in contrast to the distinctive blue which dominates ...

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    Wizz continues to switch Airbus commitments to A321neo


    Wizz Air has converted 21 Airbus A320neo commitments to the A321neo, a further shift of its single-aisle backlog towards the higher-capacity variant. The airline disclosed, as it released full-year final results, that it formalised the conversion in May. Deliveries of these aircraft will be carried out over the course of ...

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    Wizz optimistic on restoring low cost levels as inflation adds to airline misery


    Central European budget carrier Wizz Air is expecting the current fiscal year to be one “marked by high inflation”, as it looks to return to pre-crisis cost levels and improve its competitiveness. Wizz Air turned in a full-year net loss of €642 million ($686 million) – higher than the previous ...

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    Air France-KLM chief concerned over staff shortage spreading to Paris and 787 delays


    The chief executive of Air France-KLM has expressed concern over further staffing shortages and aircraft delivery delays, as he looks ahead to the busiest travel months of the year. Ben Smith’s comments came after tough operational challenges at KLM in recent weeks, where disruption and flight cancellations have affected services ...